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Old 01-21-2019, 02:48 PM
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So, my boy's oil gland started to smell pretty bad the last couple of days. He had a bath which helped a bit, but just the next day it was just as bad. Is this a normal thing or should I be taking him to the vet?

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There should not be any odor from the gland, how long have you noticed the odor? It could be infected, I would advise that you have it looked at by an avian vet.
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There should never be a smell from the oil gland. It’s definitely not normal. Your budgie needs a check up with an avian vet. Please keep us posted.
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It's only been there a few days now. It seemed fine to me because there wasn't really any change in appearance, he even uses it as he normally would. I'll get in touch with a vet as soon as tomorrow.
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Everything's alright. The gland was clogged, so the vet had to clean it up and drain it. We're back home and Kiki isn't even angry or scared 🙂
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So glad that Kiki is doing well! Good job in getting him into the vet.
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Glad to hear that Kiki is feeling better

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I'm glad you took your budgie to the vet and had the problem addressed properly!
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